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8 Stand-up Meeting Ideas to Try with Your Team

Standing meetings get a bad rap—although launched with the intention of keeping a certain topic, goal, or initiative top of mind, they often devolve into disruptive wastes of time that keep teams from doing real work. We all have recurring meetings on our calendars that elicit behind-the-screen eyerolls. However, when facilitated properly and organized around a shared...

Top 6 Software Development Methodologies

Looking to add more structure to your software development workflow? Selecting the right software development methodology for your product organization depends largely on your team size, goals, and other factors. Here is an overview of the most widely utilized and recognized software development methodologies to help you decide which is right for your team. 1....

Your Guide to Agile Methodologies

Agile, Scrum, FDD, Lean, and Kanban There are many methodologies that are considered to be Agile, and several that are similar enough that they’re worth mentioning as part of a larger conversation about workflow and resource management. Within one organization, there can be teams practicing Scrum, Lean, Kanban, and others—how do you know which of...

5 Benefits of Lean for Marketers

Being a effective marketer today requires creativity, strategic thinking, and most importantly – focus. With thousands of channels and mediums available to market to prospects and customers, and hundreds of marketing tools to choose from when creating our tech stacks, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. All too often, as marketers we...

Regain Focus with Kanban

How often do you find yourself at work flipping between tabs, unable to complete a thought before moving onto something else? You go from answering an email to checking a Facebook notification to reading some LinkedIn article, and then – what was I doing? Oh yeah, answering that email. It’s the digital equivalent of walking...

Value Stream Mapping for Software Development

WHAT IS VALUE STREAM MAPPING? Depending on your background, you might have different ideas when you hear the term value stream mapping. In manufacturing, value stream mapping refers to analyzing the current state of the processes through which inputs become outputs. The “product” of a value stream mapping activity in manufacturing is a living map...

Trends Disrupting the Insurance Industry, Part 3

This is the final installment in a series of posts, in which we describe the trends disrupting the insurance industry – and how Lean can help incumbents survive and thrive amidst the disruption. If you missed the first two posts in this series, start reading here. Human-Centric Business Models Successful InsurTechs are not disruptive because of...

Trends Disrupting the Insurance Industry, Part 1

If there’s a word to define the insurance industry today, it’s disruption. Tech-enabled startups are entering the market unburdened by legacy systems or mindsets, and challenging even the largest insurance companies with innovative strategies, products, processes, and customer experiences. Much like what the financial world has experienced in recent years, new regulations are emerging to...

Trends Disrupting the Insurance Industry, Part 2

This is the second in a series of posts, in which we’ll describe the trends disrupting the insurance industry – and how Lean can help incumbents survive and thrive amidst the disruption. If you missed the first post in this series, read it here. Trend #2: Emergence of High-Tech Competitors “It is not typhoons or earthquakes...

Lean Tool Roundup: Kanban is King

Part of the beauty of applying Lean to knowledge work is its versatility. Teams in every department — from Software Development to Organizational Development, IT Operations to Marketing Operations — practice Lean in their daily work. The workflows, organizational structures, work types, and associated challenges for each of these teams play out in diverse ways....